brown, black and white bug looks like a ladybug but smaller
May 14, 2010
I found these bugs on my asters and I am wondering if they are harmful to the asters. Reminds me of a ladybug or mabey a beetle. there were several on each flower.
thank you, Tina
downstate, NY about 40 miles north of NYC
These are Varied Carpet Beetles, Anthrenus verbasci, a common household pest. According to BugGuide, the larvae of Carpet Beetles “feed [on] keratine and chitine, and may cause considerable damage on wool, fur, feathers, and natural history collections.” Most of the identification requests we receive at What’s That Bug? are of the larvae or of the emerged adults that congregate around windows in an attempt to gain access to the outdoors. They die on windowsills in great numbers. The adults feed upon pollen and do not cause any damage in the garden or indoors.